Bernard P. Wentis '44

Bernie Wentis was born in New York April 8, 1921. He was a resident of Marietta, Ohio when he entered the Chapter Eternal on June 16, 1998. He was 77 years old.

Following graduation from Denison in 1944, Bernie enlisted in the U.S. Marines and, during WWII, served with close friend and Mu Sig, Jack Brigham ’42, who also entered the Chapter Eternal barely a week later than Brother Wentis.

Following their deaths, Bernie’s widow, Cynthia, and Bob “Brig” Brigham ’45 (Jack’s sibling) sparked an effort among Mu Sigs of the 1940-46 era to restore and dedicate the Sig House Memory Room in Bernie’s and Jack’s honor. Their effort resulted in drawing together fourteen Mu Sigs who had served in WWII and who raised funds needed for the memory room project.

The Brigham-Wentis Memory Room, now located on the first floor of the Sig House just off the dining room, features memorabilia, awards and the Mu-Sig leaders who achieved them.

Notably, the effort to create the Brigham-Wentis Memory Room was spearheaded by classmate John Loehnert ’44 and served as a major catalyst for the Quest 2000 Campaign to Restore Mu Sig Pride that ultimately led to the top-to-bottom historic restoration of the beautiful Sigma Chi Chapter House at Denison.

An athlete at heart and an avid sports fan, following his military service Bernie pursued a management career in the sports and entertainment industry.

All honor to his name.

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